Global Health Organizations Call for Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty September 26, 2022
More than 1000 health professionals and 200 health organizations across the world are calling on governments to urgently develop and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to end global dependence on fossil fuels, in order to protect global public health. The letter was initiated by PSR and the Global Climate and Health Alliance and co-authored by PSR Board Members Drs. Laalitha Surapaneni and Marjaneh Moini. Signatories include the World Health Organization and the nation of Vanuatu.
In an op-ed for World War Zero, Dr. Surapaneni writes, “Caring for patients and communities suffering the health effects of fossil fuel-related pollution and climate change is a rapidly growing part of our clinical practice. We prescribe inhalers, treat heart attacks, and tend to those suffering from extreme heat. But as health professionals, we also know that our patients need more than medical care to stay healthy. They need clean air, clean water, and a livable climate.”